Press Releases

16 March 2013
We issued a press release on March 16 announcing a new article appearing on March 18 by Steven and Robert Van Howe that criticizes the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) position on male circumcision.
31 January 2012
We issued a press release on January 31, 2012, to be sent out to thousands of media outlets through prweb.com, regarding efforts in Colorado to undo the state's recent cessation of Medicaid funding for circumcisions. Thanks to board member David Wilton for helping make this happen. Here is the text of the press release:
20 October 2009
National Coalition for Men and Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 Fax/Phone 510-595-5550 arc@post.harvard.edu www.ncfm.org www.arclaw.org For Immediate Release: 10/20/2009
19 March 2007
19 March 2007 Astudy published today in the British Journal of Urology International proves that when men are circumcised, they lose critically important sensitivity that can never be recovered. Typical circumcised men, according to the study, have on average one fourth the sensation of normal, intact men. The United States is the only developed country that continues to cut a majority of its baby boys, many decades after all medical justifications have been disproven.
31 July 2003
Civil Rights Circumcision Case From: J. Steven Svoboda Date: 31 Jul 2003 Time: 14:16:44 Comments National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) PO Box 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979 Fax/Phone 415-488-9883 www.nocirc.org Embargoed For: 8/4/2003 $25 million civil rights circumcision case to protect Spanish speaking families starts trial Monday in federal court
11 July 2003
From: J. Steven Svoboda Date: 11 Jul 2003 Time: 18:15:51 Comments For Immediate Release: 7/10/2003 Wrongful circumcision case filed Fayette County, GA -William Haynes, Jr.'s, parents claim they did not receive sufficient information about the risks of the surgery prior to his circumcision. Haynes, now 19 years old, is suing the doctor who circumcised him and the hospital where he was circumcised, claiming he was sexually maimed.
1 May 2003
Response to USAID From: J. Steven Svoboda Date: 01 May 2003 Time: 22:53:41 Comments Following is the text of ARC's recent press release in response to USAID's false claims regarding circumcision and HIV/AIDS. Thanks to Dan Bollinger, John Geisheker, and a host of other dedicated activists for helping make this happen. Steven
29 April 2003
NOCIRC-ARC Press Release Re Stowell Case From: J. Steven Svoboda Date: 29 Apr 2003 Time: 17:28:29 Comments National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers PO Box 2512, San Anselmo, California 94979 www.nocirc.org Tel: 415-488-9883 Fax: 415-488-9660
15 August 2002
PRNet (then called FaxNet) graciously distributed ARC's press release on August 15, 2001 entitled "United Nations Criticized for Sex Discrimination Against Males."This press release was picked up and published by Mensactivism.Org, NoSpank.Net, BirthLove.Com, and Everyman, October/November 2001, p. 57.
1 August 2002
Flatt v. Kantak From: J. Steven Svoboda Date: 01 Aug 2002 Time: 20:05:30 Comments Here is the text of the press release we issued, with help from (among others) Amber Craig, Dan Bollinger, Lawrence Barichello, Marilyn Milos, and of course attorney Zenas Baer. Anyone desiring a properly formatted MS Word copy can contact me for one. Congratulations to Zenas and his clients for this significant victory. Steven
29 July 2002
PRNet graciously distributed ARC's press release on July 29, 2002 entitled "Circumcision Case to Proceed to Trial." This press release was picked up and published by Men's News Daily. See www.mensnewsdaily.com/stories/newswire080102a.htm.
10 June 2002
PRNet (then called FaxNet) again gave a helping hand with ARC's press release on June 10, 2001 entitled "Boy Wins $1.4 Million for Circumcision as Procedure Becomes Increasingly Risky for Physicians to Perform." This press release led to an interview with the New York Times and was picked up and published by the Compleat Mother (Fall 2001 issue), Everyman, December 2001/January 2002, p. 54, and the East African Standard (Kenya). See www.eastandard.net/eahome/story310720010012.htm.
15 August 2001
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Fax/phone 510-595-5550 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2001 CONTACT: J. Steven Svoboda, Esq., 1-510-595-5550 Attention: Health Editor United Nations Criticized for Sex Discrimination Against Males  
6 August 2001
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Fax/phone 510-595-5550 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2001 CONTACT: J. Steven Svoboda, Esq., 1-510-595-5550 Attention: Health Editor Swedish Parliament Scrutinizes Male Circumcision as a Violation of Human Rights
29 April 2001
April 29, 2001 Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Phone 510-595-5550 CONTACT: J. Steven Svoboda 510-595-5550 ( ) CIRCUMCISION: DOCTORS FAIL TO OBTAIN VALID CONSENT
20 December 2000
  Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
9 April 2000
  Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Phone 510-595-5550   CONTACT: J. Steven Svoboda 510-595-5550 ( ) CIRCUMCISION: DOCTORS LIABLE FOR CRIMINAL ASSAULT
1 January 2000
VICTIM WARNS ON CIRCUMCISION A Perth man who has received $360,000 in damages from a West Australian doctor who performed his botched circumcision operation has spoken out on the dangers of this unnecessary procedure. The neonatal circumcision within days of his birth has left the 26-year-old man with a badly deformed penis and permanent lack of sensation. He has also suffered extreme physical pain and psychological trauma.
1 March 1999
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child 2961 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 510-848-4437 CONTACT: J. Steven Svoboda 510-848-4437